HBO Max launches today. Here are all the compatible devices and apps.
Credit: Warner Bros.
HBO Max, the new mega streaming service that combines content from Warner Bros. and HBO launches today.
The streaming subscription costs $14.99 a month and includes everything from Game of Thrones and Sesame Street to Harry Potter and Studio Ghibli, not to mention decades worth of film classics.
If you’re a current HBO subscriber, you’ll have access to HBO Max instantly with a couple of rather prominent exceptions. The service is currently not compatible with two of the biggest streaming apps—Amazon and Roku—which means that Amazon and Roku devices currently cannot stream HBO Max. If you have a subscription to HBO through Amazon Video, it will likewise not convert to HBO Max.
Nintendo is also currently not offering an HBO Max app on the Switch. Some cable companies like Comcast (which is notorious for this kind of thing) have also failed to reach a deal to offer up HBO Max.
Fortunately, the new streaming service is compatible with most modern devices including Android and iOS devices, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One video game consoles, web browsers and more. If you subscribe to HBO on Hulu, it will convert to HBO Max.
Here’s the full list:
- Android TV
- Apple TV
- Android Phone/Tablet (4.1+)
- Xbox One
- Samsung Smart TV (2016+)
- iPhone/iPad (iOS 8.0+)
- Google Chromecast
- Web Browsers
- PlayStation 4
- VIZIO Smart TV (2016+ via Cast or AirPlay 2)
- LG Smart TV (2019+ via AirPlay 2 )
Compatible cable companies and streaming services include:
- DirecTV/AT&T TV
- Altice (Optimum and SuddenLink)
- YouTube TV
- Cox Communications
- NCTC (WOW!, Atlantic Broadband, RCN, Grande Communications & Wave, and MCTV)
Presumably, the app will be available on next-gen consoles like the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 when those launch later this year.
I had subscribed to HBO through my Amazon Prime Video but had to cancel my membership this morning so that I can get HBO Max. There is literally not reason to stick with vanilla HBO anymore. I’ll be moving my subscription to Hulu, which is the most convenient for my needs.
I’m excited to have so many classic films in one place, and while there aren’t a ton of HBO Max Originals available at launch, I’m probably looking forward most to the new Bugs Bunny / Looney Tunes show. I’m also curious to see what they do with The Not-Too-Late Show With Elmo because I guess I’m just a kid at heart.